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. medicare doesn't want to approve it even though i have 25 patients with medicare that are alive now, five, six, seven years later. >> so this isn't covered? >> it's not covered. many insurance companies actually fight for this, yes, and last week we had a patient scheduled from michigan. that patient has been denied so now we are appealing so she can be treated because otherwise she will die. >> can i ask a dumb question. can a drama on abc turn things around? >> i hope so. >> can this make the insurance companies start stepping up? >> i think so. we're not talking about one patient. >> right. >> we're talking about literally hundreds around the world who have benefited from this approach. this therapy. i think we need to find ways to get the word out so we can train more physicians to do it, more institutions willing to do it and get insurance companies to accept it. it really works. >> doctor, how do you explain it to the patient about the procedure? how do you break it down? >> it's interesting because most of the patients have it through the internet. most talk to other patients or we
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